Food pantry still helping area needy

The Greene County Christian Action Resource Center (ARC)  food pantry is still able to serve needy households in the county, despite the challenges of a public health disaster.

Food pantry volunteer director Shirley Haupert told GreeneCountyNewsOnline the pantry is maintaining its regular Wednesday morning hours. The only difference is that clients will have car-side service rather than going into the building. Haupert reminds clients they still need to have a voucher from New Opportunities to receive food. Continue reading Food pantry still helping area needy

Financial assistance available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19

DES MOINES – Governor Reynolds on March 21 announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a disaster declaration for the state of Iowa as of January 31, 2020 and continuing.

The declaration allows pandemic-impacted small businesses to apply for low-interest support loans. The declaration comes after Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds submitted a federal funding request via the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Continue reading Financial assistance available to small businesses impacted by COVID-19

WCCTA joins in keeping customers online

Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association, whose customers include many residents in northern Greene County, is among IT providers in Iowa that took the FCC’s “Keep Americans Connected Pledge” to provide internet during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pledge is a commitment for the next 60 days not to terminate residential or small business accounts, waive late fees, and open wifi hotspots to those that need them. Continue reading WCCTA joins in keeping customers online

Rippey library closed

The Rippey public library will close to foot traffic for the safety of the community beginning Friday, March 20,  thru April 13. The librarian will continue to fulfill other duties of the library as needed.

Jeff library still offering services during COVID-19 closure

The Jefferson public library is closed to foot traffic due to COVID-19, but library staff continues to offer services for library patrons.

Librarians will be at the library Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm, and Fridays from 9 am to 5 pm.

Librarians are offering car-side and home delivery service of library materials upon request during this time. Patrons can call or email librarians* to make arrangements for any of the following items: books and DVD movies for children, teens, adults; magazines and audiobooks; and jigsaw puzzles and board games. Loan limits and checkout periods will be extended and no overdue fines will be charged while the library is closed. Continue reading Jeff library still offering services during COVID-19 closure

Alliant Energy suspends disconnects, late fees

Alliant Energy is temporarily suspending disconnections for all of Iowa and Wisconsin customers during the public health emergency related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In addition, the utility plans to waive late fees in Iowa to help customers who are suffering financial hardships and will collaborate with partners and organizations in Wisconsin to offer a similar solution. “In the midst of all the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, worrying about continued access to utility service should not be anyone’s top concern,” a company press release stated. Continue reading Alliant Energy suspends disconnects, late fees

Grab-and-Go sack lunch program starts Monday

Greene County Schools will provide a Grab-and-Go sack lunch program starting Monday, March 23. The program will be similar to summer lunch and is open to children living in Greene County ages 0-18 and Greene County School students. There is no charge for the meal.

The program will run Monday – Friday for three weeks during the current school closure. Continue reading Grab-and-Go sack lunch program starts Monday

Home State Bank tells COVID-19 procedures

Home State Bank provides the following information:

“The team at Home State Bank has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 condition through reports from our Governor and the Iowa Department of Public Health. Our leadership team met earlier this week to ensure we are complying with all guidelines regarding social distancing, as well as keeping our staff and patrons’ health a top priority. Continue reading Home State Bank tells COVID-19 procedures

Jefferson Telecom closing office, suspending service calls

The Jefferson Telecom office will be closed to walk-in traffic effective March 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the convenience of customers, a payment station has been established in the vestibule area with envelopes. Payments can be put in the outside drop box. Customers who pay in cash will not receive change at this time, but the full amount paid will be credited to the customer’s account. Continue reading Jefferson Telecom closing office, suspending service calls

Jeff library closing but will offer car-side service

The Jefferson public library will close Tuesday at 8 pm and remain closed for 2-4 weeks due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Library staff encourages patrons to visit the library before it closes to check out books, movies, games, puzzles and other materials for use at in their homes during this time. Loan limits and checkout periods will be increased and no overdue fines will be charged while the library remains closed. Continue reading Jeff library closing but will offer car-side service

Fareway changing store hours in response to COVID-19

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, all Fareway stores and meat markets will be open Monday-Saturday from 8 am – 7 pm. The early closure will provide for additional cleaning and sanitation measures in stores, as well as time for restocking inventory.

As part of these new hours, the first hour of business, from 8 – 9 a., will be reserved for those customers who are 65 and older, expecting mothers, those living with a serious chronic medical condition, and anyone with an underlying medical condition that increases the susceptibility to serious illness from COVID-19. “We appreciate the advance cooperation from our customers in respecting the hour reserved for those that are at higher risk,” a Fareway Stores spokesperson said.